Singer Fontella Bass died December 27 of complications from a heart attack suffered earlier this month. Though she’s best known for her massive 1965 R&B hit “Rescue Me,” she’s admired in jazz circles for her association with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, through her three-decades-plus marriage to trumpeter Lester Bowie. (Bowie died in 1999; the couple had four children.) She sang on the group’s soundtrack to the underground French film Les Stances a Sophie, and on the album The Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass. Years later, she sang three songs on the World Saxophone Quartet‘s 1994 album Breath of Life.

Here’s a clip from Les Stances a Sophie that features Bass and the AEOC performing the song “Theme de Yo-Yo,” and also appears to depict the invention of slam dancing:

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